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Mitch threw three interceptions, 2 in the red zone, and the highest-paid defense in the league didn't earn their money today. Today's loss should end talks about playoffs.
 

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Steelers Nation is in shock and mourning today. It was reported that Steelers legend Franco Harris died last night at age 72. This Saturday's game with the Raiders is the 50th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception, one of the most famous plays in NFL history and widely credited as THE play that was the catalyst for the Steelers' great dynasty of the 1970's. https://www.post-gazette.com/sports...ers-immaculate-reception/stories/202207310149

 

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I was shocked and saddened to hear the new this morning. Rest in peace, Mr. Harris; you will always be remembered!!!
 

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Thanks, @KevinF, for sharing that interview. I know I said it before, but it is so true. It is not just what that play meant to the team and the fans or the game of football. That play began to forge a positive identity that would sustain the entire region as the steel industry began its demise. We are all taking it pretty hard. It feels so very personal.
 

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The 1970s and 80s were my heyday at Blue Knob ski area in western PA. I was up there almost every winter weekend to ski. My folks had a vacation cabin built near the slopes in 1972. Inside the old summit ski lodge they would hold catholic mass every Sunday at noon in the Bar. My mom and dad would make sure I never missed it. But shortly after mass the church goers were shooed out and Steelers Nation took over the space to watch the game on a little tv. I'd usually hang around for part of the game even though I was a Redskins fan. You couldn't miss the birth of a dynasty as the Steelers played deeper and deeper into the ski season. Those were some raucous and unforgettable Sundays and Franco was a big part of the fun! RIP.
 
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I still have my Franco's Italian Army button. Steelers Nation has lost a legend.
I think once you posted a picture of the statues of Geoge Washinton and Franco Harris that greet arrivals at the Pittsburgh Airport. I replied that I wasn't sure which of the two had a greater effect on Pittsburgh. For the modern identity of the city, Franco wins hands down.
Packer fan here, and I think that applies to fans everywhere. Great play, Great player, and Great man. He'll be missed, but I hope they celebrate him like crazy this weekend at the game.
You reminded me that the first professional football game I attended was back in; I think it was 1965. The Greenbay Packers were coming to town. I didn't realize it then, but it just dawned on me that I got to watch the Vince Lombardi-coached Packers led by Bart Star, Paul Hornung, and all of those great Packers that were on their way to becoming the first modern football dynasty. The Steelers played them tough in the first half and held a 9-7 lead but were blown out n the second half to fall to the Packers 41-9. Greenbay was the team the 1970s Steelers measured themselves against.
We saw a guy at Mt Rose skiing in a Franco Harris jersey. Good on him.
Phil, this year I think I'm going to do something unheard of here in the west (haha). I'm going to root for da Iggles. Never the Flyers because, well, they think Crosby sucks. Keep on chatting, you Phanatics. Oops, wrong sport.
 

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Franco grew up in NJ just outside of Philly, went to Rancocas Valley High School. For many years, I went to Golf Outing honoring the football coach of that school, Bill Gordon, who did coach him. The Outing always honored an NFL player from the So. Jersey area, Franco was the first in a long line. He attended most of the yearly outings, never met him, but, did shake his hand. Each year, Franco donated 4 tickets to a Steelers Home game box and personally hosted the wining group at the game. It took at least 5 figures to buy that in a raffle. Did get to play in same foursome with Dave Robinson and Irving Fryer, both NNFL Hall of Famers. Franco made sure the event was special!
RIP to a great man!
 

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I used to have season tix to the Broncos games, good seats because FIL was director of security for the team. Was at a Steelers/Broncos playoff game years ago and had to stand up to let a large and elegantly dressed gentleman get through the row to the seat next to me. It was Franco. I was intimidated. He turned out to be an absolute prince of a guy, and put up with my cheering for Denver with aplomb.
 

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You reminded me that the first professional football game I attended was back in; I think it was 1965. The Greenbay Packers were coming to town. I didn't realize it then, but it just dawned on me that I got to watch the Vince Lombardi-coached Packers led by Bart Star, Paul Hornung, and all of those great Packers that were on their way to becoming the first modern football dynasty. The Steelers played them tough in the first half and held a 9-7 lead but were blown out n the second half to fall to the Packers 41-9. Greenbay was the team the 1970s Steelers measured themselves against.
Lots of history in those teams. Only Packer/Steeler game I was at was a doozy in December 1995 at Lambeau. Brett Favre got knocked so hard he was coughing up blood and came back to throw the go ahead score. Steelers drove down the field and Yancy Thigpen graciously dropped a perfect pass in the back corner of the endzone where I was sitting to seal the win for GB and giving us our first NFC Central title since before I was born.
 

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